In this fully revised and updated edition of British General Elections since 1945 David Butler chronicles the demeanour and result of each post-war election. He also draws on the most recent research to examine how much the way in which elections have been stages and fought has altered, with press conferences, advertising, opinion polls and media events transforming the electoral process. In considering these issues alongside other aspects - the law, the constituencies, the electoral system itself, voter behaviour - Dr Butler provides an invaluable guide to the continuities and change which have characterized British general elections for two generations.
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Series: Making Contemporary Britain
28 March 1995
Professional and scholarly
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
A / AS level
1. Continuity and Change. 2. Thirteen General Elections. 3. The Legal Framework. 4. Constituencies, Seats and Votes. 5. Franchise, Turnout and Voting Behaviour. 6. The Timing of Elections and the Party Battle. 7. Changing MPs. 8. The Cost of Elections. 9. The National Campaign. 10. The Media. 11. Advertising and Polls. 12. Local Electioneering. 13. Conclusion.
David Butler, a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, since 1951, has been associated with the Nuffield Election Studies since 1945. He is well known for his election commentaries on the BBC and has written widely on British, American and Australian politics.